Kurt Ekert, newly appointed CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), will be the 2016 Meetings Technology Expo keynote presenter. Kurt most recently served as Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer of Travelport. During his five plus years in that role, the business transformed its product offerings and value propositions in all key channels and delivered consistent growth, highlighted by a successful IPO. Kurt also previously spent nine years at Travelport in a number of other executive roles, including Chief Operating Officer of European-based GTA. His experience prior to that includes six years at Continental Airlines.
CWT is a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories. By leveraging both the expertise of its people and leading-edge technology, CWT helps clients derive the greatest value from their travel program in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The company is also committed to providing best-in-class service and assistance to travelers. In 2015, sales volume for wholly owned operations and joint ventures totaled US$24.2 billion. As part of its commitment to responsible business, CWT is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact Ten Principles. For more information about CWT, please visit our global website at www.carlsonwagonlit.com. Follow us on Twitter @CarlsonWagonlit
MTE Keynote Luncheon Speaker – Cyber Security & Personal Safety for Corporate Travelers & Meeting Attendees
Steven Rambam is one of the world’s foremost death claims investigators and CEO of Pallorium, Inc. with offices and affiliates around the world, with specialties ranging from homicide and missing persons to financial and insurance fraud. He is perhaps best publicly known for his pro bono efforts to track and locate 170 Nazi collaborators and war criminals in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia. Outside of that, Rambam has also coordinated efforts to expose terrorist groups’ fundraising activities in the United States and has conducted investigations which resulted in the tightening of airport security in eight U.S. cities. He and his investigators have successfully closed more than 10,000 high-profile cases. Rambam who recently starred in the Investigative Discovery series, ‘Nowhere to Hide’ and the History Channel series ‘Hunting Hitler’ has also appeared on “Sixty Minutes”, “48 Hours”, “BBC”, “”CNN”, CBC”, “NPR”, “IBA News” (Israel), NBC’s “Dateline”, “The National”, “ARD Report Mainz”, “Discovery Channel”, “Geraldo” and “America’s Most Wanted”. Steven Rambam is a frequent public speaker and has lectured on topics ranging from “the location of missing persons”, to “the criminal use of false identification”, to “foreign investigations”, to “war crimes and the pursuit of war criminals”. Steven’s keynote lectures, “Privacy Is Dead – Get Over It” and “International Investigations”, have received worldwide recognition.